20 March 2014

Alberta Gothic

Winnifred Eaton
New York: A.L. Burt, [1925?]
294 pages

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  1. Nicely reviewed and quite an unusual story. Puts one in mind of Dorothy Scarbrough's West Texas novel The Wind, also published 1925.

    1. Many thanks for the kind words, Ron. Thank you also for pointing me in the direction of The Wind (no pun intended). Interesting, but not surprising, to see that folks in Texas were none too happy with the novel. I don't have a sense that Albertans reacted in a similar fashion to "Cattle". I expect this was because hardship was caused by a villain and not the environment. I should add - spoiler - that "Cattle" has an absurd, rushed and incongruous happy ending, which lessens the blow.